Sexual difficulties from clinical cases in the field of sex therapy will be used to reveal the power of the Enneagram in resolving certain complex dilemmas. Specific dysfunctions cannot be predicted solely by the Enneagram. However, the Enneagram does uncover the patterns of individual responses and how the personality perpetuates problems under stress. We can see how core level defense mechanisms, fears, and motives often block a couple’s ability to resolve their issues. Audience participation will be encouraged to help identify the type, subtype, “hot buttons,” needs, and desires that are driving each person. Solutions will be discussed using Enneagram insights.

Mona Coates, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice, a popular lecturer, a college professor of Human Sexuality/Psychology, a licensed Marriage and Family Counselor, certified hypnotherapist, nationally certified sex therapist, sex educator, and Enneagram author and teacher. Her C-JES Enneagram Survey and Self-Scoring Book are available.

Mona Coates


2004 IEA Global Conference

Arlington, Virginia, USA